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2008 Brass Tacks Riesling, Monterey County, California

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This is a Riesling from Brass Tacks I picked up at Singapore Airport Duty Free. Interesting for me as a German since it’s a Riesling – a German varietal – grown in the US; California to be precise. Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County to be even more precise. And it definitely beat my expectations. No detailed notes on it, but I remember a nice fruit-acidity-balance and a authentic Riesling personality. I’ll keep an eye on it.

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  1. Wine Rambler Said,

    Thanks for sharing that, Alex. I have had mixed experiences with non-German Riesling (and I do the mean thing to include Austria and Alsace here), but I have a definite feeling that other countries are catching up (not just the obvious Australians). Still waiting for an US Riesling to be truly excited about, but it may not be very long till I find one…
    Torsten

  2. alexis2 Said,

    I had the same mixed experiences. A tasting of Long Island and Fingerlake Rieslings in a wine bar in NY a few years ago turned out weird to say the least. One wine having intense burned rubber notes instead of petrol. But there are a few that can compete. Dr.Loosen cooperating with St-Michelle vineyards is a nice example ( http://blindtastingclub.net/?p=298). Also I just saw a Gary V show with Wines and Spirits Editor Josh Greene raving about a Wiemer Riesling http://tv.winelibrary.com/2010/10/07/wine-spirits-top-100-wines-of-2010-part-ii-episode-928/ .
    Alsace and Austria are far ahead of America, but I agree that their style is often much different from German wines which is a good thing.Thanks for your comment Torsten

  3. Wine Rambler Said,

    I have heard about Wiemer Riesling, but have not had a chance to try any yet; I also feel I should explore Alsace more, but that is a different story. Btw, I went to Long Island and had a fantastic time there, including trying great Malbec, Cab Sauv and Chardonnay from a biodynamic winery. Reports will follow. That was really good stuff!

  4. alexis2 Said,

    Long Island is beautiful, especially at that fall season right now.. But some of the wineries there are overpriced imo.

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